Magnesium is likely to be one of the most underrated minerals and most people are just not consuming enough of it. One of the reasons why most of us are deficient in this mineral is just because of water softeners, while they do great for making your faucets shiny, they had also reduced the water’s hardness by removing minerals such as magnesium. Further, high intake of calcium can reduce the absorption of dietary magnesium, and with the conventional medicine focus on calcium intake for bone health, we’ve seen a corresponding general decrease in magnesium levels. Then there’s our rising caffeine intake, which increases the amount of magnesium we lose through urine. All these factors contribute to the alarming statistic that 70-80 percent of the developed world population is deficient in magnesium,
Functions of magnesium:
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps to regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein.
Health benefits of magnesium :
➡️Boost exercise performance,
➡️Lower blood pressure,
➡️Reduces insulin resistance,
➡️Improves PMS symptoms. .
Sources of magnesium:
➡️Nuts (almonds, cashews and brazil nuts),
➡️Green leafy vegetables,
➡️Seeds (flax, pumpkin and chia seeds).